Constitutional reform package sent to parliament…

The Young Civilians make fun of CHP: First Traditional Folder-Carrying Footrace to the Constitutional Court
Turk government sends reform package to parliament | World | Reuters

Turkish constitutional reform under fire from opposition, business | EurActiv

Why do they complain about the Constitution?

?I want a more democratic and participatory constitution that is prepared in cooperation with all segments of society. That is why I don?t support it.? That?s what I want, too. But do you see that kind of constitution on the horizon?
My objections to the constitutional change
We had been pre-occupied by the Ergenekon crime gang case until yesterday. Nowadays, nothing but the constitutional change package is on the agenda.

As judicial reform is under way

The groups who argue that military courts should be abolished and those who suggest that they should be revised regard the existence of the Military Supreme Court of Appeals and the Military Supreme Administrative Court a scandal and agree that they must be abolished.

Constitutional Amendment for Protection of Children from all Kinds of Abuse

from Bianet :: English
The constitutional draft law removed the term “The state protects children from sexism”. The term will be exchanged by “protective measures against all kinds of child abuse”, if the bill should be ratified. Lawyer Akço appreciated the amendment.

KERİM BALCI – The constitutional reform package

The constitutional reform package that came to Parliament this week is an extensive package that amends 20 articles of the Constitution and abolishes temporary Article 15.

MUHAMMED ÇETİN – Constitutional reform, disinformation, opposition?s self-abasement

Now that the governing Justice and Development Party (AK Party) has released details of the amendments it proposes to make to the Constitution of the Republic of Turkey, it would be instructive to take a look at the responses of other stakeholders on the political scene. The responses and public inspection and assessment of them are as vital to the process of democratization as the amendments themselves.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Turkey?s reactionist opposition

The opposition parties in Turkey, the Republican People?s Party (CHP), the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) and the pro-Kurdish Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), reiterated their opposition to the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government?s constitutional reform package, which aims to raise the democratic and judicial standards in the country, paving the way for the trial of coup perpetrators.

Turkish government revises constitutional reform package (

Turkey’s turmoil

by Centre for European Reform

by Katinka Barysch

Much of the media and the education system used to spread Kemalist ideology. These are not the ingredients of a modern democracy.

Change was inevitable. And in a country with many fault lines and a fair number of fanatics, it was never going to be smooth. Nevertheless, the new system that now seems to be emerging is flawed. The president now hails from the AKP and is accused of using his wide-ranging powers of appointment to fill public bodies with party supporters. The armed forces no longer appear unified or strong enough to depose of the government (they last tried, and failed, in 2007). But they are still fighting to forestall what they regard as the AKP?s growing dominance. The judiciary appears torn in the clash between secularists and pious conservatives. The media is deeply polarised.

Undoing Juristocracy–One Reform At a Time

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] The “From the Bosphorus: Straight” column, which “represent the consensus opinion of the Hürriyet Daily News and its editorial board members,” was pretty straight forward two days ago. “Don’t expect us to believe this ‘reform,'” read its headline. The “reform” in question was the new constitutional amendment package that the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, government has just proposed. And it was supposedly too bad because it would “essentially make the judiciary an arm of the government.” Well, I am afraid I fail to conform to that “consensus opinion.” I rather agree with what Joost Lagendijk, the chair of the EU’s Joint Parliamentary Committee with Turkey, wrote also in these pages two days ago: “These changes were long overdue and, if and when adopted, will make Turkey a more democratic country.” To tell you why, let me first tell you a true story.

Pro-AKP Liberals: Useful Idiots?

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] One of the much-debated issues in current Turkish politics is the alliance between secular liberals and religious conservatives. The former is a tiny group of pundits, and their popular support is quite small, but their intellectual firepower is strong. The religious conservatives, on the other hand, have a much broader public base, but they need to articulate their demands for broader religious freedom in a more global language, which the liberals do speak. The practical implication of this alliance is the support that most secular liberals have given to the Justice and Development Party, or AKP, government since 2002. This is not an unconditional and steady support, though. In fact, most liberals strongly criticize the government and the Prime Minister when they take nationalist or illiberal stances. ErdoÄ?an’s recent blunder about “expelling illegal Armenian immigrants,” for example, was heavily bashed by these pundits. But they continue to think that the AKP is still better than its alternatives, and that it has indeed taken the right steps on several important issues.

Unveiling Erdoğan’s Real Face

from The White Path

[Originally published in Hurriyet Daily News] Prime Minister ErdoÄ?an said something just terrible. As a reaction to the international pressure on Turkey to recognize the ethnic cleansing of Ottoman Armenians in 1915 as genocide, he threatened the illegal Armenian immigrants in Turkey with deportation. “If necessary,” he said to the BBC, “I am going to tell these 100,000, ‘come on, back to your country’.” As terrible as this statement was, the pattern that it reflects was so typical of ErdoÄ?an: He is a man of strong words, and while two out of three things he says is pretty good, the third one messes things up. Just last year, for example, he had criticized the “fascist mentality” that considers minorities as a threat. Just two days before the now-infamous deportation statement, he met with members of the Roma community in Turkey and embraced them in a way that no Turkish prime has ever done. Similarly, on one hand, he is the prime minister who realized some of the most extensive liberalization reforms in Turkey. On the other hand, he is one of most intolerant politicians towards media criticism

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